DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #55737, bottled January 2009. I looked up how much the 30 year whiskey costs and the cheapest was just north of $300. The 40 year is just a fraction more at over $1,200 per bottle. And to think I thought this bottle of beer was expensive at $16.99.
3.0 A: Black color. Just about a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is subpar and one lone, patch of lacing is left.
4.0 S: The 30 year Ola Dubh I had recently was from 07. I’m glad this one is from 09. The whiskey is more powerful. The base beer itself offers little aside from a roastiness and a bit of chocolate. The whiskey is where it’s at. The 40 year is decidedly more earthy and "wild" than the 30 year. Mountain stream, ash, peat, mineral. There’s also light amounts of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Really well integrated, but I think I liked the nose on the 30 a bit better. Still, this Highland Park stuff seems legit.
3.5 T: The base is again MIA save for some roastiness. The whiskey tastes like it smells, but could use a bit of power. Fresh running forest stream, ash, peat, mineral again. Coffee and chocolate gain some strength while the vanilla and oak stay in the shadows. Easily the most earthy whiskey I’ve experienced (most of which have been through beer). While this is tasty, both the base beer and the whiskey need some more strength for this to break past a 3.5.
2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a touch lower than what I’d like. Missing all creaminess for the most part.
3.0 D: Normally I’d give this a 3.5 out of general good will, but I can’t since this is so goddamn expensive. It’s not a bad beer, but it has plenty of flaws and the mouthfeel sucks.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 22:24:37
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Bottle no. 40801. Bottled on 01/2009. BBE 24.06.2011.
Rated on 20110624.
Pours pitch black color with small, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of slightly disturbing peat and harsh whiskey. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, peat and some harsh salmiac notes. Bitter and dry palate.
Habanero (1866) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose of hard roasted malt, whiskey and smoked notes. Flavor of roasted malts, ripe fruit and whisky along with with spicy notes. Soft carbonation. Full bodied. Oily texture. Ends up more dry and with notes of wwhisky and alcohol. A world class beer smoother than the 30 years old version.
Benzai (5733) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 33cl bottle (#10960) shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. Smell malts, whisky, some wood and roastyness. Taste malts, lightly roastyness, lightly whisky and wood, slightly alcohol in the finish. A bit thin texture, medium body, medium carbo. Not as good as expected. Re-rate without a full comment. Loved it this time. Original rating: 7-3-7-3-13.
DutchDrebus (3072) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black, opague colour with a small light brown head. Smells sweet, flowers, wood, whisky, some chocolate. Tastes chocolate, whisky, a lot of liquorice and wood. A bit thin for its abv, watery, okay carbo.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black small head smells tastes of whiskey caramel vinillia charcoal liquorice. Pretty good med body semi sweet between the whiskey has a darker fruit taste mixed in not bad at all.
Marheb (1516) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
*(cuvée 2010): Couleur rubis sombre, presque noir avec une belle tête crémeuse. Très délicat bouquet de vanille et de bois humide, sans plus. En bouche c’est onctueux, on sent bien la présence du blé et de l’avoine. Une agréable sensation de terre mouillé et de bois mort couvert de mousse s’imbrique avec la vanille douce. Rien de spectaculaire, tout en élégance.
rosenbergh (5538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. #42066/Jan 2009. Finland.
Black colour with no head.
Sweet caramel, roasted malt, liquorice, alcohol and whisky sweetness in aroma. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, vanilla, whisky sweetness and roasted malt. Warming. Whisky sweetness gets a bit too pushy.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark maple brown with thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Complex nose of Scotch, caramel, dried fruit. Lots of heat for 8%. Subdued carbonation. Flavors of oak, molasses, vanilla, and Scotch. Scotch flavor and heat last. Very good, but too hot. Maybe better after a couple years on the shelf.
Plovmand (6022) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home to celebrate my rating no. 4700. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aroma is smoke from the whisky, dark fruit, tobacco, tar, ash and hard roasted malt. The flavour is mostly whisky notes with some chocolate, dark fruity and hard roasted notes.